In this sneak preview of tonight’s Best Week Ever, panelists explain how NME’s Coolest Kids of 2005 stole our ears then stomped on our hearts. And SXStereogum co-host Paul Scheer sneaks in a few references to “MySpace Tom” so I couldn’t resist…

Stage 5, of course: the bootleg remix.

And I think BWE’s still working on Four Stages of Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s.

UPDATE: Arctic Monkey’s on SNL. (YouTube)

Comments (69)
  1. Brian  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2006 0

    are the arctic monkeys on national radio? I feel lik e an incredibly small percentage of SNL viewers will know who they are…

    Margot has only one stage: 1. luv

  2. Hey, Tom’s my friend too!!!


  4. hilarious.

    thanks for that scott.

    and yeah, Margot rules

  5. Love Best Week Ever,dislike Arctic Monkeys!I just do not get the hype over them!

  6. the arctic monkeys are a better(?) version of the libertines… a little spunkier, more upbeat, even a bit pop. brit pop? whoa.

    the best part is, they’re lacking a drug addicted songwriter (well, for now, anyway) and since pete doherty and overinflated egos aren’t involved – PLUS they’re kinda young – it’s going to give them a bit of an edge, and even teenage girls will like them.

    but don’t get me wrong.. i’m gonna watch em tomorrow night

  7. To Whom It May Concern:

    People of MySpace, delete Tom as your friend. With all members being Tom’s “friend” we are all forced to be in each others extended network and that just isn’t cool!

    We have been forced, brainwashed into being Tom’s friends. It is a scam; we were never asked nor did he ask us. Thus, the extended network feature is virtualy useless unless we all united and revolt against Tom.

    Again, I ask all of you people of MySpace to delete our not-so-much-our-friend Tom.

    Your friend,

    Jay Flyer

    P.s. Andrea, will you marry me?

  8. Rich  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    muh, just another overhyped novelty band that will tank before their sophmore release.

  9. the idiot  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    so tom’s not my actual friend?
    next you’ll be telling me that all the bands i’m friends with on myspace won’t be coming to my party tonight? Cos i put out a bulliten….
    Or Tom?
    It’ll be rockin, if any stereogummers wanna come, giant drag’ll be there, the test-icicles, dan sartain, atoms for peace will probly play some songs too.
    east london street, yo, just follow the noise.
    be there or be square.

  10. Goon  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    that video says so much more about the average indie hipster than it does about the Arctic Monkeys or any band.

  11. i’m saving myself for one of the boys from arctic monkeys

    but we can still sleep together if you want

    p.s. thanks for the add on myspace… it’s too bad you’re in minnesota

  12. Laura  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    Haha. Love it. and the Arctic Monkeys.

  13. I wholeheartedly agree lol.

    Well except I don’t LOVE the Arctic Monkeys. Not an ounce of originality in ‘em, though I like the one song “Fake Tales of San Francisco” a lot. :)

  14. I’ll be in Shanghai in May if you wanna shag then.

  15. joe  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    so, is margot blowing up? i don’t know. i’m from indianapolis and like, have been going to there shows and such. indianapolis isn’t exactly known for having much of a music scene, so margot’s big here. i was unaware anyone outside of the 317 area code knew who they were. if so, good for them. those guys deserve it.

  16. Blowing up? No.

    Probably should’ve went with Nine Black Alps on that joke.

  17. chris  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

  18. fleez rock  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    I just want to congradulate stereogum for having a day party that’s a solid 10000x better than PFORKS.

    Congrats, you guys are boss

  19. more like Best YouTube Ever

  20. David  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    Geez Scott, get with the 21st Century. I’ve already seen this somewhere else two hours ago. But seriously, why do Americans believe the hype? “Fastest selling UK album ever” is a warning to stay away, as far as I’m concerned. Remember, these are the people who went apeshit over that freaking singing frog. And Travis.

    And kids, no need to actually watch SNL. Just wait ’til tomorrow for the YouTube of the Monkeys and the Digital Short.

  21. fido  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2006 0

    I’ve already expressed, several times on Stereogum, my dislike for the Arctic Monkeys. I dunno. Maybe seeing a live performance will make me like them more. Or not. Their two biggest problems are unoriginality and, I’m surprised that no one mentioned this, differentiation. The only songs I like are the ones that don’t sound the same. I really like “Riot Van” for some reason. And the last track on the album is good too.

    Still, they’re better than the Strokes.

    Honestly, the last time I thought that a band deserved the hype, praise, and mainstream attention they deserved were Franz, and I’ll be hazed for saying that.

  22. ok, the comedy sketches were terrible. the first performance (i bet you look good on the dancefloor) was ehh… mediocre. why was the drummer shouting like that?? eek.

    the second performance (a certain romance) was better, but didn’t the singer look a bit cocky? they don’t have egos already, do they?! and who cares if someone in the audience yawned? no one’s there dancing, they’re not at a club, they’re on fucking saturday night live…

    if i had to sit through all of those terrible comedy sketches that aren’t even really that funny, i’d probably be yawning at that point too

    p.s. i can’t afford to go to shanghai :(

  23. bumper music for the podcast sketch: i’m always in love by wilco. hurray!

  24. Ang Lophile  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    The Arctic Monkeys make me yearn for Gay Dad and Menswe@r.

  25. nice dude  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    arctic monkeys, i don’t get the hype. they’re still riding “the strokes wave”… or whatever’s left of it. to me they sound like the libertines mixed with franz ferdinand… nothing original. they have a couple of great songs but that’s it. i don’t get why people are gettin wet.

  26. Stephen  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    margot & the nuclear so and so’s sound like an indie version of Travis. “skeleton key” is their only good song.

  27. Monkey Boy  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    Were the Arctic Monkeys making fun of Prince and Fall Out Boy at the end of their 2nd song on SNL? The lead singer took off his guitar on his last strum and placed it on the floor (you can still hear the sustain), as Prince did on his SNL performance. Then, guitar man #2 thought for a second, balked, then launched his guitar at an amp, started laughing, and showed everyone with his thumb…we think making fun of Fall Out Boy, who at the end of their set last week, graciously threw a guitar or bass at the percussionist. Can anybody get out their TiVo and confirm this?

    Then before the credits, these guys had their little secret meeting while the show was ending and the drummer was frantically trying to get them to smile at the camera.

    Besides potential awesomeness of these guys making fun of Prince and Fall Out Boy, why are they popular again? Are they friends with James Blunt or something?

  28. fido  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    Second band in a row to throw their instruments on SNL. I’m sorry, but that’s enough to make me lose respect for any band. Sure, some bands can pull it off, but if you’re going to throw your instruments you have to ask yourself, “Am I in an instrument throwing band?” Fall Out Boy did it. They’re allowed to do it because a) They’re douchebags and b) Pete Wentz has enough money to buy all of the basses he wants. Arctic Monkeys, however, have only been famous / successful for, what, four months at this point? And if you’re going to cop a Strokes attitude onstage, then why undermine it by blowing shit up at the end? It’s not irony, it’s not rock and roll, you’re just kind of full of yourself.

  29. Wait, I think the more important question is, “why was that anchor from New York 1 reading the intros?”

  30. fleez rock  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    “that man just yawned..”

  31. good grief are arctic monkeys musically dull. whomever said they were better than the libertines (above) is probably smoking more crack than pete doherty. an overall very average cd. must be a slow couple of weeks for nme as they clearly can’t find anyone else to hype for marketing purposes.

  32. fido  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    I’ve actually seen SNL live. Not the live taping, but the dress rehearsal three hours beforehand. It’s about 30 more minutes of boring sketches in which they decide which sketches to cut. It’s pretty tedious, but you try to make the best of it. Hey, I sat five feet away from Robert di Nero in a Peter Pan costume, so I’m not complaining.

  33. Anyone who is smashing guitars on national tv are putting themselves in the like of the Who, The Clash, and Nirvana. Ok, maybe that was farfetched cuz if you can afford a new guitar… hippy rockster buy a new guitar this one’s old. Are there any Fender Mustangs in existance anymore or did Kurt make them extinct?

    P.s. No Shanghai? isn’t it right across the sea from Japan where you’re living Andrea?

  34. telly  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    Wow. Yikes. That sucked. Sounds and looks like pimply 14-year-olds trying to play Strokes covers and failing hard.

    Who will be the next shitty band on that crappy show?

  35. Yeah I understand the whole hipster “i don’t like em because they’re way over hyped” but the Monkeys have some major potential. I think they’re overhyped because they got thier popularity from the fans rather from the labels. Which is great. But to each his own. I am in the Monkeys bandwagon, they’re great.

  36. ^^ Yeah, plus Alex Turner is cute.

    But I’m a teenager, so I’m sure my opinion is a bit different than everyone else’s here.

  37. Steve  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    the second video is here

  38. Devin  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    Yeah, whoever said that they are better than the strokes is like saying the monkees made some better songs than the beatles.

    drastic analogy, but honestly how can you say a (nearly cover band) is better than the ones who created the music they’re playing?

  39. fido  |   Posted on Mar 12th, 2006 0

    What I meant was that their debut was better than the latest Strokes album.

    And hey, I’m a teenager too and I think the Monkeys suck hard.

  40. hahahahaha

    “that man just yawned”

    I now LOVE the arctic monkeys

  41. Evan  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    If the Arctic Monkeys are like the Clash, then I’m like George Clooney. Which I’m not.

  42. my favorite part about this whole thing is the continuing saga between andrea and jayflyer. who knew this was stereogum’s true purpose?

  43. bensch  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    The Arctic Monkeys: a more pimpley, English version of the Strokes.

  44. JFK  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    In response to the arctic monkeys not being better than the strokes simply because the strokes were first to (re) put out this style of musi., I find that incorrect. Take a look at my buddy charles darwin he wasnt the first to come up with natural selection, but everyone bought origin of the species!

  45. MissNee  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    making fun of prince?? tsk tsk

  46. Devin  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    there’s a million ways you could have argued against the stokes comment, such as buddy hollys influence on john lennon…. but the thing you’re missing is maturation. the arctic monkeys are merely taking one part libertines and two parts strokes in a literal translation…

    don’t know why i am aruging this really, it’s kind of like a new strain of pop punk for teens…

  47. Anyone know where else I can catch the SNL performance? YouTube’s gotten real fast at deleting those videos…

  48. If there’s one thing worse than hippies, it’s bloody hipsters. Ok, the Arctic Monkeys got massive so it’s uncool to like them.Like the libertines and Strokes? If by that you mean kick ass guitar based rock band, then yes. Lyrically, they are poles apart.

  49. So, is anyone actually capable of commenting on Arctic Monkeys without mentioned ‘hype’, ‘strokes’ or ‘libertines’; the people who cannot do this are either extremely stupid, or deviously ironic.

    So, a band that managed to sell 360k in one week when the vast majority of the album was available for free online (legally), and they’re overrated? Fair enough.

    Opening line of the album
    “Anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment”

    Opening line of Bet You Look Good video
    “We’re Arctic Monkeys, don’t believe the hype”

    Lyric change on SNL
    “They’re lining up to take a punch at me”

    Alex Turner and his band are playing you for fools, and comments about a singer being arrogant/cocky are just frankly hilarious. I forgot that bands should be contrite and sweetly grateful to appear on TV.

    And pimples? Yes, because that’s a really mature and intelligent criticism of a musical performance
    isn’t it.

    Enjoy your flood of EMO and sappy soft rock. You’re more than welcome to it.

  50. emily  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2006 0

    ah mr woodhouse, some sanity at last…

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